Obama internet ‘kill switch’ proposed

US President Barack Obama would be granted powers to seize control of and even shut down the internet under a new bill that describes the global internet as a US “national asset”.Local lobby groups and academics have rounded on the plan, saying that, rather than combat terrorists, it would actually do them “the biggest favour ever” by terrorising the rest of the world, which is now heavily reliant on cyberspace.
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/obama-internet-kill-switch-proposed-20100618-yln6.html
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/obama-internet-kill-switch-proposed-20100618-yln6.htmlAlso see:New Cyber Security Bill Could Increase Power of President and DHS by Matt Langan
Introduced by ranking Senate members of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010, S.3480 is intended to create an Office of Cyber Policy in the executive branch of the government, confirmed by the Senate and ultimately reporting to the president. Senators Joe Lieberman, Blanche Lincoln and Tom Carper introduced the bill publicly on June 10, and a critical part of the bill is that critical infrastructure networks such as electricity grids, financial systems and telecommunications networks need to cooperate with the Office of Cyber Policy.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/20100617_new_cyber_security_bill_could_increase_power_of_president_and_dhs/

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